Day-to-Day Data
Day-to-Day Data is the curatorial project of artist Ellie Harrison. During post-graduate study at Goldsmiths College in 2003, Ellie developed an interest, within her own practice, in the collection and interpretation of data from within her everyday life. She wrote a dissertation exploring The Role of the Artist in the Interpretation and Reinterpretation of the Data of Everyday Life. When she left college, she became aware of a real trend in this area of practice after attending the Data-Based Art Seminar at the BALTIC and discovering the work of artists:
Lucy Kimbell
, Steven Barrett and Abigail Reynolds.

It became apparent that there was a demand for an exhibition exploring this field of work, in order to provide a forum for discussion about artists working with data and using their own daily lives as research material. At the end of March 2004, the Arts Council England funded Ellie Harrison to research and create a proposal for a touring themed group exhibition around this subject area, which later became Day-to-Day Data.

Selection Process

During this research period the first version of the Day-to-Day Data website was created and launched. In May 2004, an international ‘call for submissions’ was announced on many mailing lists and websites (including Artsadmin, Artdeadline, Artquest, British Arts, Ideas Factory and You Are Here), together with an eighth page colour advert in the June 2004 edition of AN magazine (page 46). A vast number of submissions were received. Selection took place on 5 & 6 July 2004 in the Faculty of Taxonomy office at ISIS Arts in Newcastle. The selectors were Ellie Harrison and Sarah Cook with help from Saul Albert.

Exhibition Development Workshop

Ten artists were selected to attend the Day-to-Day Data Exhibition Development Workshop, held at the Angel Row Gallery in Nottingham on 23 & 24 August 2004. The two-day workshop became the concluding element of the five month research and development stage of Day-to-Day Data, funded by the Arts Council England. The initial budget paid the ten selected artists’ expenses to attend.
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The Exhibition Development Workshop provided the attending artists the opportunity to present and discuss their work with the group and allowed some of the artists the opportunity to physically experiment with data collection. Through a combination of presentations and experiments, the workshop encouraged discussions into the notions of working with data in the context of everyday life. Ideas developed through the workshop period went on to provide the beginning of the conceptual backdrop for the theme of Day-to-Day Data.